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Podolepis monticola R.J.F.Hend.
Family Asteraceae
Podolepis monticola R.J.F.Hend. APNI*

Description: Perennial woody prostrate herb to 50 cm when flowering.

Leaves in a rosette up to 21 cm long, 3.5–6.5 wide, ovate to obovate, gradually narrowing into winged petioles. upper surface sparsely tuberculate to hirtellus to woolly, lower surface woolly. Previous seasons dead leaves remaining. Cauline leaves similar but clasping the stem at their base, with upper-most leaves becoming linear.

Inflorescence with 1–10 flowers, each on a bracteate, terminal or axillary peduncle to 20 cm long. Involucral bracts sessile and clawed, red-brown, minutely toothed; intermediate bracts ovate, 9–11 mm long, with claws 4–5 mm long, densely glandular. Florets yellow, ray florets 30, disc florets c.170.

Achenes straight or curved, brown, smooth or sparsely minutely papillose.


Distribution and occurrence: Known only from the New South Wales and Queensland border on the McPherson Range in Lamington National Park and the Border Ranges National Park.

On exposed faces of scarps on the upper slopes of the range at altitudes of c. 1100 m, with a vegetion of Nothofagus closed forest, but also in a drier habitat in open Eucalyptus forest, exposed to westerly winds. In shallow soil of basalt origin. All known populations are within national parks.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RCa
AVH map***

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Henderson, R.J.F., (1969) Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium.


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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